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Monday, May 16, 2005

Come and Gone

I think what blows me away the most is not that Survivor has gone for 10 seasons now, rather that the tenth season is already over! This one flew by, it seemed.

» Posted by ALBj at 01:28 PM (ET)
Category: Musings

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I think the word “season” needs to be qualified moving forward. Network television more and more each year is stepping away from the traditional season model, which used to be twentysomething shows shown from the fall through the spring. This is fast becoming the exception instead of the rule.

Now a show’s “season” can run three to four months, and that’s it. Witness the shows on HBO, like The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, and Deadwood. The Shield on FX. Survivor, The Amazing Race, and other fake-reality shows.

Most people think of a television show’s season as encompassing a given year, from fall through spring, ignoring summer when the show is broadcast in re-runs. So it’s just something to qualify moving forward. The Simpsons have been on television for more than 12 years, and that’s by the traditional definition of a television season. We may have seen 10 Survivor seasons, but it hasn’t been on for 10 years.

Note this new definition of “season” is not limited to television. I play softball in a co-ed church league sponsored, along with many other leagues, by the Town we live in. We have three “seasons” a year: spring, summer, fall.

» Posted by chris
May 16, 2005 05:42 PM

Oh, fully agreed. I never claimed it’s been on for 10 years—only referring to the 10 separate productions. Indeed, the first “season” began May of 2000, so it’s only been running for five years.

Regardless, the first couple seasons always seemed to drag on for a long time. My point was, this one felt much faster-paced.

» Posted by Lee Bennett
May 16, 2005 07:50 PM

I think it was because this was a particularly good show this “season”.

» Posted by Queue
May 17, 2005 09:43 AM

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